Recipe courtesy of Turner Broadcasting System

Strawberry Basil Granita

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 10 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This deliciously refreshing snack has an intense strawberry flavor with surprising savory notes of balsamic vinegar and basil. Enjoy a full serving at just about 100 calories.



  1. Combine the sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool, the mixture should be the consistency of maple syrup. 
  2. Combine the strawberries and basil in a food processor and puree. Add the sugar mixture and pulse the machine to combine. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish, cover loosely with plastic wrap and freeze for about 2 hours. 
  3. When the edges begin to harden, use the tines of a fork to scrape them into bits. Repeat the procedure in 1 to 2 hours, and then occasionally thereafter, until the mixture is frozen through in "shavings." Freeze overnight. 
  4. Spoon the granita into serving dishes and garnish each with a basil leaf, then serve. 

Cook’s Note

Adjust the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of the strawberries.